NI baby names have the X Factor

Published Thursday, 20 December 2012
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Television and music have made an impact on what people in Northern Ireland call their children, as this year's names are revealed.

NI baby names have the X Factor
NI babies have been named Gary, Tulisa, Nicole and Louis. (© ITV)

While Jack and Sophie remain the most popular first names for children whose births were registered in 2012, there have been a few surprising entries on the list.

It seems new mums and dads have been paying attention to more than just music on the X Factor, as we welcomed babies Tulisa, Jahmene, Rylan and Jonjo this year.

Some other well-known faces proved inspirational with girls named Miley, Myleene, Pippa and Shiloh - with namesakes such as actress Miley Cyrus, TV personality Myleene Klass, Pippa Middleton, sister of Princess Catherine, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Angelina and Brad.

Reality TV's well-known American family the Kardashians made an impact on the list too, with the alliterative Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie all appearing.

The name of Victoria Beckham's young daughter Harper is on the list, as are those of her three sons - Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn - which leads us neatly on to place names, which were a hit with both boys and girls.

Baby boys Cairo, Denver, Houston, Hudson, and Kuba were registered in 2012, while girls had monikers including London, Miami, Nevadah, Paris and Savannah.

The parents of Anakin and Kal-el may have been hoping their children would emulate other famous folk of the same name - better known as Darth Vader and Superman.

But back with the more traditional names, James was in second place for the second year running, while Daniel became the third most popular boys name.

Emily and Grace took second and third place on the girls list while Julia, Ciara and Victoria all fell out of the top 100 names.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
JMcC in Belfast wrote (767 days ago):
My daughter often asked why we named her Whine.She went on and on and on about this for years.Fortunately her twin brother Mistletoe was able to fill in the blanks for her.Being born so close to Christmas they could have been named Argos and Boots.Thank God my wife Bubblebath and I are not those kind of parents.
JMcC in Belfast wrote (767 days ago):
I think Buddy Weiser O'Beerbottle is a lovely name for a boy child.
JoeMcC in Belfast wrote (767 days ago):
I heard of some lazy thinker naming their child Rolex.Now there's one to watch.
Paul in Ireland wrote (767 days ago):
You can't beat a good Irish name. Nice to keep your Irish heritage alive.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (768 days ago):
When working in retail...many years ago...I once heard a Mother (or Mah as she referred to herself) call out for her Daughter "Alicia Beyoncé". Alicia - yes... Beyoncé - WTH!
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